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Most people have experienced some level of anxiety in their life at one time or another. People get anxious when they have to give speeches or they get anxious going to a job interview or they are anxious because they have a great deal to do and not enough time to do it.
While these are not major cause for alarm, there are some people who suffer with a form of anxiety disorder which makes their amount of anxiety excessive.
People who suffer with these types of anxiety disorders are often consumed with obsessive worry which controls their day. They find it difficult to deal with daily activities and they cannot function right in normal settings.
If you suffer with anxiety issues such as the ones listed above, it is time to seek help.
The earlier intervention is the key to control anxiety. Anxiety is one of the easiest symptoms to control if you know what you are dealing with and how to control it.
Anxiety, however, can be tricky. It whispers you that you should worry and feel this way. Many people with anxiety disorder struggle with overcoming anxiety because of this internal voice. Without treatment, people can become withdrawn, depressed, paranoid, feeling hopeless and desperate.
What to expect from Anxiety Therapy
Understanding what you have been experiencing is the one of the most important aspects of anxiety therapy. Many people who have experienced anxiety disorder often do not know what they are dealing with. Because of the irritable mood stemming from anxiety, some people were told by their friends and partners that they have anger issues. Because of the feelings of uncontrollable panic, some people are very fearful of feeling the sensation, and avoid any kind of triggers that they believe cause them to feel this way.
Anxiety is nothing that we should be afraid of. In order for you to work on anxiety, first, you need to know and understand what anxiety is.
Whenever we feel unknown and uncontrollable sensations, our normal reactions are either flee from or fight against them. They are not logical reactions, but almost automatic reactions to protect us from unknown fear. This is a very important survival skill but it often creates more problems when we experience anxiety.
People with anxiety disorder tend to avoid all kind of triggers to avoid feeling of anxiety. I know people who decide to stay in their room all day long because of fear of germ, or who decide to not eat sausages when they are alone at home because of fear of choking.
Avoidance appears to be a good solution since that may eliminate their anxiety. It however is the worst solution that they can chose because it will increase their anxiety. This is the tricky part of anxiety. The more you avoid it, the more anxiety you will experience next time when they face the similar situations.
So, the solution for anxiety is to go against your instinct. instead of avoiding anxiety, you need to go through anxiety. You need to feel overwhelming anxiety. The more you are exposed to anxiety, the less you feel anxious.
One of the main things a person feels when the panic or anxiety attack comes on is out of control. They feel as if they are going to die and they can't gain control over their body. You will learn that anxiety will not kill you after all. You will learn that things you are afraid of so much are actually not big deals. You start controlling your anxiety not the other way around.
You will also learn coping skills and techniques so that you can use them when you are going through overwhelming anxiety. These techniques will help you keep you from going back to old behavior which is avoidance. As you remember, anxiety is very sneaky. It will continue to tell you to run away from the uncomfortable feelings. The coping skills will help you stay strong and go through the uncomfortable feelings to overcome.
As you read this article, you may be already feeling some level of anxiety. I want you to be aware of the feelings instead of ignoring it. This is the first step. Now you are ready to work on it.
There are plenty of therapy options available to you and it is important that you talk with a professional so that you can start therapy as soon as possible. You do not have to let your anxiety rule your life. If you or someone you know suffers with excessive anxiety, talk with your doctor so that you can get the help you need.
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